In the list of biographies of Swami Vivekananda published by Advaita Ashrama, publication house of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, we have one which extensively narrates his life, and also one which presents him very briefly. The present book stands midway between these extremes. Herein the readers will find his life described in a short compass, without sacrificing the essential details. This is a masterly presentation of his life from the pen of a scholar of repute. A worthy book for all those who want to study Vivekananda in brief without loosing the crucial aspects of his life.
"This new edition of two classic spiritual biographies of Sri Ramakrishna offers an intimate portrait of the life of this great teacher. An essential spiritual guide for people of all faiths and backgrounds, it presents a unique look at the deeper spirit within the Ramakrishna legend, and illuminates an important link in the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda movement."--BOOK JACKET.
This volume comprises the major Upanishads, regarded as the basis of the Vedanta philosophy and the outstanding contribution of Hindu thinkers to the philosophical thought of the world. A comprehensive glossary addresses the Sanskrit terms contained in this volume — it provides a variety of meanings for each word.
This book, first published in 1968, comprises five articles on the immortality of the soul. According to Hindu tradition this immortality cannot be proved by the scientific method of reasoning - it is based upon scriptural evidence and on the direct experience of enlightened souls. These articles examine the Hindu tradition and provide reasoned support to the scriptures and experiences.
Sri Ramakrishna, one of the greatest spiritual personalities of our time, is widely recognized as the Prophet of the Harmony of Religions. After perfecting the practice of several religions – including Christianity, Islam and various traditions of Hinduism – he declared, “As many faiths, so many paths.” For the first time, two classic biographies – Dhan Gopal Mukerji’s The Face of Silence (1926) and Swami Nikhilananda’s Sri Ramakrishna (1942) – are brought together to provide a fuller understanding of the life and spiritual significance of Sri Ramakrishna as well as the systems of Indian religious thought intimately connected with him. Pairing legend with fact, memory with history, this unique volume – including an Introduction to Sri Ramakrishna’s God-consciousness by Swami Adiswarananda – succeeds in intimately examining the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and conveying the true story of this great mystic, whose leaping flame of spiritual realization continues to influence the modern spiritual search.
The meaning of life is the meaning we give it. If we take the opportunity to work and take charge of life, we give it greater meaning. The divinizing of work gives it a subtler dimension. Working with a proper understanding enriches our life to a greater extent. Unconditional love enhances the peace and tranquility. But the greatest meaning is experienced in a state of meditation when we dissolve our identity to be one with that Divinity.
The Upanishads are among the source books of the Hindu faith, being the concluding portion of the Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, also the Vedanta. This selection of translations by Swami Nikhilananda contains the Svetasvatara, Prasna and Mandukya Upanishads together with a special contribution to Western understanding of these important books in the form of a noteworthy essay on Hindu Ethics. Translated from the Sanskrit with an Introduction embodying a study of Hindu Ethics, and with Notes and Explantions based on the Commentary of Sri Sankaracharya, the great Eighth-Century Philosopher and Saint of India. Contents Include: Svetasvatara Upanishad - Prasna Upanishad - Mandukya Upanishad